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Top seeds reach Super Bowl

January 19, 2015 18:29:51 UK

New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick.

For the second consecutive year the two top seeds are the participants in the Super Bowl after the New England Patriots routed the Indianapolis Colts and the Seattle Seahawks edged the Green Bay Packers.

The road to the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale could hardly have been different however, particularly for the defending Super Bowl champion Seahawks who looked down and out for the first 55 minutes before rallying late and winning in overtime.

Jermaine Kearse secured the victory with a 35-yard touchdown in the extra quarter after Seattle had scored twice late, either side of a recovered onside kick, to rally in dramatic fashion. While the win allows the Seahawks to return to the Super Bowl to defend their title, the Packers will do well to recover from the shocking turn of events with much recrimination already aired over the conservative play calling late in the game.

Standing in the way of Seattle and a second consecutive Super Bowl triumph are the New England Patriots, who coincidently were the last team to accomplish the feat ten years ago.

The rout of the Indianapolis Colts was overshadowed late on Sunday evening with word that NFL was investigating reports that the Patriots had deflated the balls during the game in yet another example of New England skirting the rules at best and outright cheating at worst.

Such a narrative has plagued the Patriots during the Bill Belichick era in Foxboro and is likely to cast a huge pall over the build-up to the Super Bowl in two weeks’ time.

New England are available at 1.86 to win Super Bowl XLIX, while the Seattle Seahawks can be backed at 1.95.

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